U.S. Institute of Peace, Webster Present QDDR [Webcast]

| June 14, 2012
Webster University and United States Institute of Peace Present the QDDR

The conference will be webcast live June 15.

For the first time, the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) and Webster University will bring together thought leaders and experts from the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and major nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to discuss how the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) complements NGO efforts in development, humanitarian relief and conflict management as well as current challenges and opportunities.

The conference will be held Friday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the U.S. Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20037.

It will be webcast live at www.usip.org/webcast.

After U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton introduced the QDDR as a key pillar of American foreign policy, many NGOs welcomed it as the beginning of a more effective approach to global development.

According to the USIP, the QDDR is a “sweeping assessment of how the Department of State and USAID can become more efficient, accountable and effective in a world in which rising powers, growing instability and technological transformation create new threats, but also new opportunities…the QDDR provides a blueprint for elevating American ‘civilian power’ to better advance our national interests and to be a better partner to the U.S. military.” The QDDR seeks to help America’s civilian agencies resolve and prevent future conflicts, assist countries abroad with ending poverty and eradicating diseases, and building global coalitions to address global problems.

At the June 15 conference, discussions will be built around presentations from senior U.S. government officials from the Department of State and USAID, and from leaders in the NGO community. Panel discussions led by field experts combining the perspectives of policymakers and NGOs will address economic development, public health, education, human security and human rights.

“Many from the U.S. government as well as in the NGO community have welcomed the QDDR as the beginning of a better-coordinated and more effective approach to global development,” said Jeff Helsing, dean of curriculum, USIP. “Discussion of the QDDR and its goals should enhance the effectiveness that both NGOs and the US Government can play in global development and conflict prevention, particularly in building local capacity and promoting innovation.”

“USIP’s mission of promoting peaceful conflict resolution around the world is an excellent fit with Webster’s academic programs in international non-governmental organizations, international relations and human rights,” said David Carl Wilson, dean of Webster’s College of Arts & Sciences.  “As Webster prepares to launch its MA in INGO in the Washington D.C. area, we are especially fortunate to be USIP’s partner in presenting this conference on issues in international development, humanitarian relief, and conflict management.”

Wilson will speak at the conference’s opening. In addition to Helsing and Wilson, conference speakers include Nancy Lindburg, assistant administrator, USAID; Melanie Greenberg, president and chief executive officer, Alliance for Peacebuilding; Lindsay Coates, executive vice president, Interaction; and U.S. Ambassador Robert Loftis, former acting coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, Department of State.

For more information and to confirm attendance, please contact Angela Young at 301.938.9874 or angelayoung07@webster.edu.

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With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University (www.webster.edu) is the only Tier 1, private, non-profit U.S.-based university providing a network of international residential campuses. Founded in 1915, Webster University’s campus network today includes metropolitan, military and corporate locations around the world, as well as traditional residential campuses in Asia, Europe and North America. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

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